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School cyberattacks more common as educational tech grows

The Christian Science Monitor – Michael Melia

“Schools are attractive targets because they hold sensitive data and provide critical public services, according to the FBI, which said in a written statement that perpetrators include criminals motivated by profit, juvenile pranksters and possibly foreign governments. Attacks against schools have become common, the FBI said, but it is impossible to know how frequently they occur because many go unreported to law enforcement when data is not compromised.” (more)

We need more relevant curriculum in our schools

Ed Source – Daniel Helena

“Too much of commercial curricula are intentionally designed for a narrow population — students who read at grade-level, speak English as their first language and whose identities reflect the dominant culture. Instead of using the books and materials that our curriculum prescribes, we use more accessible texts, including news articles and other materials, to teach sixth-grade skills and standards while still helping our students master some of the more fundamental oral reading skills, such as fluency, expression and phrasing.” (more)

Emphasizing creativity, living role models boost girls’ interest in STEM

Multibriefs – Sheilamary Koch

” For the first time, the number of female college graduates in the labor force has surpassed that of their male counterparts, per a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2019 first-quarter data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs remains steady and below 30%, despite corporations and nonprofits partnering to promote STEM education for girls. It’s even dropped in some sectors like computer science, according to a recent 60 Minutes news report.” (more)

Young Americans deserve a 21st-century Moonshot to Mars

The Conversation – Vahe Peroomian

“I then see the decline in scientific education in the U.S., the decline in interest in the sciences and statistic after statistic showing American high school students ranking below the international average in mathematics and science proficiency. Is it surprising, then, that NASA is having trouble in every step of its meager plan for landing humans on the Moon again? I cannot help but think that all this would change should the U.S. challenge itself with a Moonshot once again. And no, a return to the Moon won’t do. A real Moonshot isn’t a single mission, but a decades-long plan that educates generations, challenges its scientists and engineers, ignites the imagination and aspirations of its children, and once again glues the eyes of humanity on the livestream of that first footstep on Mars.” (more)

Future-Proofing The Workforce: Why Digital Literacy Is Key

Forbes – Beth Cobert and Michele Chang

“Artificial intelligence and automation are fundamentally transforming the labor market, impacting all workers in all lines of work. In fact, the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution released a report earlier this year concluding that virtually all occupations will be affected by automation and artificial intelligence. Change is already underway. Even jobs not traditionally seen as “technology jobs” today require some degree of digital literacy. Take, for instance, a mechanic—it used to be enough to know how to fix a busted engine, but today’s mechanics also need to understand the software and apps built into modern cars.” (more)

Report: Multiple approaches to media literacy limit efforts to measure outcomes

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Google announced new curriculum resources associated with its Be Internet Awesome initiative last month that include lessons on how to recognize fake websites and identify the way that those who create media frame their messages by deciding what information to include. The program is just one of an increasing array of media and news literacy programs that have expanded since the 2016 presidential election cycle in an effort to give students — and their teachers — the skills to approach media messages, videos and images with a critical eye.” (more)

How Making Music Can Help Students Cope with Trauma

KQED News Mind/Shift – Juli Farga

“Studies about the Ten Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have shown that most people have experienced one of these traumas in childhood, such as being abused, having a parent who is incarcerated, experiencing homelessness, among others. The trauma one experiences in childhood can affect adult mental and physical health in later years, especially if a person has multiple ACEs. While the harm can have lasting impacts, health professionals have identified ways to mitigate the effects by nurturing supportive relationships with adult caregivers.” (more)

Can you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“Today’s puzzles all concern cubes of cheese. You’ll need to be as sharp as a cocktail stick to skewer them. 1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you have a straight knife, what’s the minimum number of slices you need to do it? You are allowed to rearrange the pieces after each slice.” (more)

Laugh it up

Education World – Jim Paterson

“Education of students is serious, important work, but there is also scholarly research that says it may be most effective if it’s sometimes fun. For years teachers have tried ways of bringing humor into the classroom to keep kids engaged, and Mary Kay Morrison, past president of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor and author of the book Using Humor to Maximize Learning, says brain research shows that it’s a good idea. “It maximizes learning and strengthens memories by gaining a student’s attention then imbeds the information,” she says. She notes that students surveyed on the topic say teachers who use humor are much more effective at motivating them, engaging them, reducing their anxiety, developing positive teacher-student relationships and being interested in their learning.” (more)

US risks falling behind China on technology and innovation, if we don’t reset our priorities

The Hill – Robert D. Hormats

“At their G-20 Summit meeting in Osaka, Presidents Trump and Xi declared a truce in the U.S.-China trade conflict to give negotiators time to reach a deal. This was a positive development, although hardly a guarantee of a successful outcome. However, contrary to frequently heard narratives, America’s continued global leadership in technology and innovation does not depend primarily on that outcome; it depends far more on significantly strengthening our own domestic efforts to boost our still formidable capacities in these areas. ” (more)